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Hello Again Everyone!
I'll admit, this topic had me so angry, I thought I would ask the opinion of all you lovely people out there.
So today's topic is another touchy one, so if you don't like touchy subjects, it's not a good idea to kick about this one.
I've been hearing more and more about people wanting to relax laws on things like rape. Are they serious? Women have been mortified for years about going to police to report this, with under 30% of cases actually getting a conviction. Why on earth would we then want to relax these laws?
I'm sure those of you who have watched the News recently have seen the policeman who decided to talk about 'serious rape'. What doesn't constitute as serious when someone is robbed of their right to say no? We seem to be slipping backwards in a world that prides itself on moving forwards.
One way in which we seem to be slipping backwards is in blaming the victim. Some say it is the victims fault for wearing a certain type of clothes or acting in a certain manner. For example, the most common case is women who go out drinking in short skirts. Apparently this is an invitation to discard consent? I don't think so. Whatever clothes someone is wearing, whatever way they dance or however much they have had to drink, does not mean that their right to consent is gone. So if everyone has rights (and these Human Rights activists seem to be keeping their mouths shut on this case) why do these victims not get their chance? Haven't we moved on from the primordial caveman times of bashing women on the head and dragging them away? Apparently not.
There are however campaigns out there that do not want to see laws relaxed and more rapists get away with committing serious crimes. One of these is the 'Slut Walk'. This was a march where women would wear the smallest amount of clothes possible and march around the cities. This was to make the point that women should be able to go out wearing as much or as little as they please and it shouldn't affect their safety. Since when do we not the choice of what we want to wear?
A short skirt certainly doesn't look like a flashing neon sign saying 'I give up my right to consent' to me, it certainly shouldn't to anyone else.
Looking forward to hearing your opinions on this one, personally I'm disgusted that justice seems to lean towards the criminals in this case, rape is rape.